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September 2003

Lexmark Joins EPA 'Plug-In to eCycling' Initiative

Lexington, KY— Lexmark International, Inc. has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Plug-In To eCycling campaign, an effort under EPA’s Resource Conservation Challenge that seeks to increase the national recycling rate.

The program is a partnership between the EPA and businesses to take positive steps toward collecting used electrical and electronic equipment. The primary goals of the program are to:

—Reduce the amount of used televisions, cell phones, computers and printers that end up in landfills
—Safely manage some of the potentially hazardous materials that make up these components
—Recover and reuse valuable materials
—Reduce the pollution and energy tied to the production of new electronics

“Lexmark takes its role as a good environmental steward very seriously,” said Paul Curlander, Lexmark’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We’re proud to be a partner in the EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling program. It is just one of several efforts we have under way that gives consumers a clean, safe, environmentally sound way to dispose of their used Lexmark products.”

As a Plug-In To eCycling partner, Lexmark will help the EPA in its initiative to educate consumers about the recycling of end-of-life electronic products. Programs like the EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling are increasingly important as electrical and electronic components become more a part of daily living.

Lexmark also announced that as part of its continuing initiatives to support activities that foster environmental awareness and help people make the right choice when disposing of their end-of-life printers, it has entered into agreements with two electronic product recyclers in the United States — Envirocycle and Nxtcycle.

Under the agreements, Lexmark will participate in local and regional hardware collection and recycling events. The agreements are part of Lexmark’s ongoing efforts — both privately and as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Plug-In To eCycling initiative — to educate consumers and collect end-of-life electronic products for recycling.

 


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